After giving up an early goal to the Canadiens, the Sens took over and controlled the flow of play en route to a 5-2 victory tonight at Canadian Tire Centre. Ottawa got goals from Clarke MacArthur, Bobby Ryan, Milan Michalek, Cory Conacher and Mika Zibanejad in the win and outshot the Habs by a 32-26 margin. Erik Karlsson was named first star and picked up three assists.
Here's what Sens head coach Paul MacLean had to say after the game...
On the strong performance:
I think the experience we had in the lineup compared to those (earlier games) was the difference and our execution and ability to play with speed, I think ended up being the difference in the game. I thought our players did a good job of staying focused and staying intense to make sure we won the game.
On players who made an impression on him:
I thought Erik Karlsson played well for us tonight as a veteran player and I thought Turris' line was effective. I thought Stephane Da Costa had another good game. Pageau had a good game, all the guys that were on the "tryout list" or whatever you want to call it acquitted themselves very good again. The decision is getting closer and it isn't getting easier.
On the chippy third:
I'm not even sure if it was really chippy but no (he doesn't expect anything to carry over) we're going to go there tomorrow to play the game and we're going to expect that they'll be ready to play and so are we.
The list seemed to be pretty long but it seems everyone is going to be alright. Nobody has anything that's going to be long term, it's mostly precautionary during the game with taking people out to make sure nothing else happens.
On if he worried about having enough players:
No, I wasn't starting to — we've played with fewer, so no it didn't seem to be a concern. Make it easy (to roll lines), but the combinations get harder trying to sort it all out. I thought we did a good job of keeping the clock running and getting on and off the ice.
On Bobby Ryan's injury:
The fact that he came back is good and when he came back in he still had a little discomfort so we said "it's 4-1, it's an exhibition game, let's err really on the side of caution. October 4 is way more important than tonight obviously. We took him out of the game, Erik (Karlsson) out of the game and Condra ended up with a stick in the mouth, which he had to leave for. Wiercioch ended up coming back in the game and played the whole game. Everybody is fine we just have to get them some rest.
On Nathan Lawson:
He tightened up and there's no need to play him if that's the case so we just made a call to Greenham to make sure he was here.
On Cory Conacher:
I think the way that he played is certainly an indication of how he can play and the abilities he has, he's very skilled with the puck, he has some quickness and he's tenacious around the net and he showed those things tonight. That line was dangerous most of the night and he showed us what he can do and what he can bring to that line and that's important.
On Andrew Hammond:
Andrew Hammond was pretty good tonight too, I thought. In relief of Lawson, I thought he played well after giving up the first shot like he did to come back and battle and play, he made some saves. We were impressed with him with the way that he played.
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